I'm taking my kids (a boy and girl), one of my son's teenage friends to Germany and France next year. Another adult friend has decided to join us with her teenage granddaughter. For some reason both teenage girls just have to go to Paris. LOL! I'm trying to figure out how much time to spend in France and what type of transportation to use. I've heard you can't drive in Paris or shouldn't, no parking places. So, instead of flying into Frankfurt Germany I'm thinking of flying into Paris and out of Frankfurt, spending the first five or six days in France. I want to be in Germany for Rhine A Flame on July 4th.
Anyway, I was planning on taking us to see the Eifel Tower, Notre Dame, maybe take a cruise on the Seine, catecombes and the d'Orsay museum. Anything else we shouldn't miss? I have only been there once many years ago and only went because my friend who was visiting wanted to go to a perfume factory. I'm thinking of at least two days in Paris, using the trains to get around. Then we're planning on going to Normandy to see the D-day beaches, museums, etc... and to see Mont St. Michel (my son wants to see it).
I wanted to rent a car to Normandy and maybe take one of the tours, later drive up the coast to see the countryside before heading to Germany. How many days should we plan for this part of the trip?
The rest of the trip (2-3 weeks) will be spend in Germany.
I contacted a travel agent and she's going to look into air fares into Paris and out of Frankfurt and she also said I shouldn't rent a car for the Paris part of the trip. (I've been looking myself too) She also made a comment that crossing the border with a rental car would be expensive. So, now I don't know what to do, drop the rented car off somewhere in France, take a train into Germany and then rent another car? We're going to be in mostly small towns in Germany so I want the freedom of a car, no trains. Any advice would be appreciated.